The British Labour Party and twentieth-century Ireland

The cause of Ireland, the cause of Labour

By Laurence Marley

The British Labour Party and twentieth-century Ireland


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Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-7849-9644-4
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Published Date: December 2015
  • BIC Category: Politics, United States of America, USA, Political parties, Central / national / federal government, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Political Parties, POLITICAL SCIENCE / American Government / National, Society & social sciences / Central government, Society & social sciences / Political parties


At the beginning of the twentieth century, the British Labour Party was broadly supportive of Irish home rule. However, from the end of the First World War, Labour anticipated a place in government, and as a modern, maturing party in British politics, it developed a more calculated set of responses towards Ireland. With contributions from a range of distinguished Irish and British scholars, this collection of essays provides the first full treatment of the historical relationship between the Labour Party and Ireland in the last century, from Keir Hardie to Tony Blair. By widening the lens on Labour's responses to the 'Irish question' over an entire century, it offers an original perspective on longer-term dispositions in Labour mentalities towards Ireland and on the relationship between 'these islands'. It will prove essential reading for those with an interest in modern Irish and British history, Anglo-Irish relations, and the current Northern Ireland peace process.


'Laurence Marley and the contributors have put together an excellent collection of well-edited and well-researched chapters.this book is highly recommended reading for students of political developments in Ireland during this era.'
Neil Pye, SSLH and Independent Researcher, Labour History Review, vol. 81 No. 2, July 2016

'All of the chapters to this volume are valuable contributions to our knowledge of the Labour Party and Ireland.every chapter was worthy of inclusion.'
John Newsinger, Race and Class Vol 58, No 3

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